Dirk Verschuur

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Dirk Verschuur
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Latest company Delft University of Technology
MSc Applied Physics
PhD Applied Physics
MSc university Delft University of Technology
PhD university Delft University of Technology

SEG is honoring D. J. (Eric) Verschuur with the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding work on surface-related multiple elimination (SRME). The outstanding work of Verschuur has resulted in a method for multiple prediction and elimination of surface-related multiples that is independent of velocity and thereby automatically can remove a large and troublesome class of multiples—those that are “surface-related.” His technique has become a standard in the processing industry in dealing with marine multiples, and it is particularly effective in the very important deepwater exploration plays and subsalt applications. Moreover, SRME forms the basis for further investigation of more complex types of multiples. Verschuur has developed the theory, published extensively on the subject, and provided code to the industry through his association with the Delphi Project at Delft University.

Biography Citation for the SEG Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal Award

Contributed by A. J. (Guus) Berkhout

With great pride, honor and pleasure, I write this citation for Dirk J. Verschuur, better known as Eric Verschuur. His excellent work on multiple removal, the topic of his PhD thesis, has had a big impact on the industry. Only very few students ever see their graduate work evolve into one of the standards in industry.

Eric Verschuur started as an eager student in my research group—the Laboratory of Seismics and Acoustics—within the Applied Physics Department of the Delft University of Technology. The subject of his master’s thesis was the analysis of impulse responses for the characterization of the acoustics of small concert halls. With this work, his interest in signal processing was born and the step toward analyzing echoes from the Earth was just a small one.

During his PhD research (1986-91), Eric demonstrated his outstanding talent by taking a theoretical concept and bridging the gap toward the application. With his smart implementation of the feedback model, a new tool emerged that changed industry’s approach to multiple removal. This all happened despite the criticism at that time that such an elaborate process would never be practical.

From 1992 until 1996, Eric Verschuur was selected for a fellowship by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in order to further develop the multiple-removal algorithm. During this period, the first steps to imaging of multiples—a topic that has gained a lot of attention in the recent years—were taken. In 1997 he received SEG’s J. Clarence Karcher award in recognition of his successful work on surface-related multiple removal.

In 1997 he also became an assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology. He is now an associate professor there. Since completing his PhD, Eric has been fully involved in the Delphi research consortium. This consortium currently has 27 sponsoring companies from the upstream oil and gas industry. His work on multiples has always been one of the focal points in Delphi. Currently, Eric is one of the three project leaders within the consortium, focusing on the subjects of multiple scattering and structural imaging.

Eric Verschuur has been supervising graduate students for more than ten years, not only on multiples and migration but also in the fields of wavefield interpolation, near-surface problems, and velocity model estimation. These master’s and PhD candidates have greatly appreciated his stimulating role as a supervisor over the years. This has contributed to the fact that students from the Delphi consortium are highly appreciated as seismic experts by the international industry. As one of the driving forces within the Delphi consortium, Eric has regularly visited the Delphi sponsoring companies and worked with their experts on complex seismic issues. As one example, he designed practical workflows for internal multiple removal on land data, which are now successfully applied on a day-to-day basis.

Eric Verschuur is a scientist who excels in translating theoretical concepts into working algorithms that are used throughout the industry. We can expect many more valuable contributions from him in the years to come. He fully deserves this award.

Honorable Mention (Geophysics) 2010

William Dragoset, Eric Verschuur, Ian Moore, Richard Bisley received a 2010 Honorable Mention (Geophysics) for their paper A perspective on 3D surface-related multiple elimination.[1]




  • Verschuur, D. J. (2013). Seismic multiple removal techniques: past, present and future. Houten, Netherlands: EAGE Publications. ISBN 978-90-73834-56-9.



  • Wapenaar, C. P. A.; Herrmann, P.; Verschuur, D. J.; Berkhout, A. J. (1990). "Decomposition of multicomponent seismic data into primary P- and S-wave responses". Geophysical Prospecting 38 (6): 633–661. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.1990.tb01867.x.


  • Verschuur, D. J.; Berkhout, A. J.; Wapenaar, C. P. A. (1992). "Adaptive surface‐related multiple elimination". GEOPHYSICS 57 (9): 1166–1177. doi:10.1190/1.1443330. PDF version.
  • Wapenaar, C. P. A.; Verschuur, D. J.; Herrmann, P. (1992). "Amplitude preprocessing of single and multicomponent seismic data". GEOPHYSICS 57 (9): 1178–1188. doi:10.1190/1.1443331. PDF version.


  • Kabir, M.M. Nurul; Verschuur, D.J. (1995). "Restoration of missing offsets by parabolic Radon transform1". Geophysical Prospecting 43 (3): 347–368. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.1995.tb00257.x.


  • Berkhout, A. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (1997). "Estimation of multiple scattering by iterative inversion, Part I: Theoretical considerations". GEOPHYSICS 62 (5): 1586–1595. doi:10.1190/1.1444261.
  • Massier, Mark R. F.; Herman, Gérard C.; Verschuur, Dirk J. (1997). "Removal of overburden transmission effects by deterministic deconvolution". GEOPHYSICS 62 (5): 1612–1616. doi:10.1190/1.1444263.
  • Verschuur, D. J.; Berkhout, A. J. (1997). "Estimation of multiple scattering by iterative inversion, Part II: Practical aspects and examples". GEOPHYSICS 62 (5): 1596–1611. doi:10.1190/1.1444262.


  • Verschuur, D. J.; Prein, R. J. (1999). "Multiple removal results from Delft University". The Leading Edge 18 (1): 86–91. doi:10.1190/1.1438164.


  • Kelamis, Panos G.; Verschuur, D. J. (2000). "Surface‐related multiple elimination on land seismic data—Strategies via case studies". GEOPHYSICS 65 (3): 719–734. doi:10.1190/1.1444771.
  • Kabir, M. M. Nurul; Verschuur, D. J. (2000). "A constrained parametric inversion for velocity analysis based on CFP technology". GEOPHYSICS 65 (4): 1210–1222. doi:10.1190/1.1444813.


  • Berkhout, A. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2001). "Seismic imaging beyond depth migration". GEOPHYSICS 66 (6): 1895–1912. doi:10.1190/1.1487132.
  • Cox, B. E.; Winthaegen, P. L. A.; Verschuur, D. J.; Roy-Chowdhury, K. (2001). "Common focus point velocity estimation for laterally varying velocities". First Break 19 (2): 75–83. doi:10.1046/j.0263-5046.2001.00140.x.
  • Zhang, Jianfeng; Verschuur, D.J.; Wapenaar, C.P.A. (2001). "Depth migration of shot records in heterogeneous, transversely isotropic media using optimum explicit operators". Geophysical Prospecting 49 (3): 287–299. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2478.2001.00255.x.


  • Kelamis, Panos G.; Erickson, Kevin E.; Verschuur, Dirk J.; Berkhout, A. J. (2002). "Velocity-independent redatuming: A new approach to the near-surface problem in land seismic data processing". The Leading Edge 21 (8): 730–735. doi:10.1190/1.1503185.
  • Zhang, Jianfeng; Verschuur, D. J. (2002). "Elastic wave propagation in heterogeneous anisotropic media using the lumped finite‐element method". GEOPHYSICS 67 (2): 625–638. doi:10.1190/1.1468624.


  • Schalkwijk, K. M.; Wapenaar, C. P. A.; Verschuur, D. J. (2003). "Adaptive decomposition of multicomponent ocean‐bottom seismic data into downgoing and upgoing P‐ and S‐waves". GEOPHYSICS 68 (3): 1091–1102. doi:10.1190/1.1581081. PDF version.


  • van de Rijzen, M.J.; Gisolf, A.; Verschuur, D.J. (2004). "Infilling of sparse 3D data for 3D focusing operator estimation". Geophysical Prospecting 52 (6): 489–507. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2004.00442.x.


  • Dedem, E. J. van; Verschuur, D. J. (2005). "3D surface-related multiple prediction: A sparse inversion approach". GEOPHYSICS 70 (3): V31–V43. doi:10.1190/1.1925752. PDF version.
  • Berkhout, A. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2005). "Removal of internal multiples with the common-focus-point (CFP) approach: Part 1 — Explanation of the theory". GEOPHYSICS 70 (3): V45–V60. doi:10.1190/1.1925753.
  • Verschuur, D. J.; Berkhout, A. J. (2005). "Removal of internal multiples with the common-focus-point (CFP) approach: Part 2 — Application strategies and data examples". GEOPHYSICS 70 (3): V61–V72. doi:10.1190/1.1925754.


  • Berkhout, A. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2006). "Imaging of multiple reflections". GEOPHYSICS 71 (4): SI209–SI220. doi:10.1190/1.2215359.
  • Berkhout, A. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2006). "Focal transformation, an imaging concept for signal restoration and noise removal". GEOPHYSICS 71 (6): A55–A59. doi:10.1190/1.2356996.
  • Al-Ali, M.N.; Verschuur, D.J. (2006). "An integrated method for resolving the seismic complex near-surface problem". Geophysical Prospecting 54 (6): 739–750. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2006.00575.x.


  • Herrmann, Felix J.; Böniger, Urs; Verschuur, Dirk Jacob (Eric) (2007). "Non-linear primary-multiple separation with directional curvelet frames". Geophysical Journal International 170 (2): 781–799. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03360.x.


  • Herrmann, Felix J.; Wang, Deli; Verschuur, Dirk J. (Eric) (2008). "Adaptive curvelet-domain primary-multiple separation". GEOPHYSICS 73 (3): A17–A21. doi:10.1190/1.2904986.
  • Tegtmeier-Last, S.; Gisolf, A.; Verschuur, D. J. (2008). "A data-mapping approach to 3-D wavefield redatuming". Geophysical Journal International 172 (2): 759–769. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03675.x.
  • Blacquiere, G.; J. Berkhout, A.; J. Verschuur, D. (2009). Double-blended Seismic Acquisition for High-resolution Imaging. doi:10.3997/2214-4609.201400277.


  • van Groenestijn, G. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2009). "Estimating primaries by sparse inversion and application to near-offset data reconstruction". GEOPHYSICS 74 (3): A23–A28. doi:10.1190/1.3111115. PDF version.
  • Berkhout, A. J.; Blacquière, G.; Verschuur, D. J. (2009). "The concept of double blending: Combining incoherent shooting with incoherent sensing". GEOPHYSICS 74 (4): A59–A62. doi:10.1190/1.3141895. PDF version.
  • van Groenestijn, G. J. A.; Verschuur, D. J. (2009). "Estimation of primaries and near-offset reconstruction by sparse inversion: Marine data applications". GEOPHYSICS 74 (6): R119–R128. doi:10.1190/1.3213532. PDF version.


  • van Groenestijn, G. J.; Verschuur, D. J. (2010). "Estimation of primaries by sparse inversion from passive seismic data". GEOPHYSICS 75 (4): SA61–SA69. doi:10.1190/1.3460431. PDF version.
  • Dragoset, Bill; Verschuur, Eric; Moore, Ian; Bisley, Richard (2010). "A perspective on 3D surface-related multiple elimination". GEOPHYSICS 75 (5): 75A245–75A261. doi:10.1190/1.3475413. PDF version.


  • (Eric) Verschuur, D. J.; (Guus) Berkhout, A. J. (2011). "Seismic migration of blended shot records with surface-related multiple scattering". GEOPHYSICS 76 (1): A7–A13. doi:10.1190/1.3521658. PDF version.
  • Berkhout, A. J. Guus; Verschuur, D. J. Eric (2011). "A scientific framework for active and passive seismic imaging, with applications to blended data and micro-earthquake responses". Geophysical Journal International 184 (2): 777–792. doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04855.x.


  • Berkhout, A. J.; Blacquière, G.; Verschuur, D. J. (2012). "Multiscattering illumination in blended acquisition". GEOPHYSICS 77 (2): P23–P31. doi:10.1190/geo2011-0121.1. [PDF version.
  • Berkhout, A.J.; Verschuur, D.J.; Blacquière, G. (2012). "Illumination properties and imaging promises of blended, multiple-scattering seismic data: a tutorial". Geophysical Prospecting 60 (4): 713–732. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2012.01081.x.
  • Vrolijk, Jan-Willem; Haffinger, Peter; Verschuur, Eric (2012). "Multi-datum based estimation of near-surface full-waveform redatuming operators". Journal of Applied Geophysics 82: 30–45. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2012.02.004.


  • Ypma, F.H.C.; Verschuur, D.J. (2013). "Estimating primaries by sparse inversion, a generalized approach". Geophysical Prospecting 61: 94–108. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2478.2012.01095.x.
  • Song, Jiawen; Verschuur, Eric; Chen, Xiaohong (2013). "Comparing three feedback internal multiple elimination methods". Journal of Applied Geophysics 95: 66–76. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2013.05.010.


  • Verschuur, Eric (2014). "Turning noise into geologic information: The next big step?—A joint EAGE/SEG Forum". The Leading Edge 33 (1): 78–80. doi:10.1190/tle33010078.1.
  • Verschuur, Dirk J. (2014). "Using higher-order scattering in seismic imaging". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 135 (4): 2178–2178. doi:10.1121/1.4877087.
  • Sun, Yimin; Verschuur, Eric; Vrolijk, Jan Willem (2014). "Solving the complex near-surface problem using 3D data-driven near-surface layer replacement". Geophysical Prospecting 62 (3): 491–506. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12110.
  • Soni, A.K.; Verschuur, D.J. (2014). "Full-wavefield migration of vertical seismic profiling data: using all multiples to extend the illumination area". Geophysical Prospecting 62 (4): 740–759. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12130.


  • Jiawen, Song; Verschuur, Eric; Bo, Zhao; Hequn, Li (2015). "Successive application of the layer-related CFP method for internal multiple removal". Journal of Geophysics and Engineering 12 (3): 303–310. doi:10.1088/1742-2132/12/3/303.
  • Soni, A. K.; Verschuur, D. J. (2015). "Imaging blended vertical seismic profiling data using full-wavefield migration in the common-receiver domain". GEOPHYSICS 80 (3): R123–R138. doi:10.1190/geo2014-0193.1. PDF version.
  • Verschuur, D. J.; Berkhout, A. J. (2015). "From removing to using multiples in closed-loop imaging". The Leading Edge 34 (7): 744–759. doi:10.1190/tle34070744.1.


  • Davydenko, M.; Verschuur, D.J. (2016). "Full-wavefield migration: using surface and internal multiples in imaging". Geophysical Prospecting: n/a–n/a. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12360.
  • Berkhout, A. J. (Guus); Verschuur, D. J. (Eric) (2016). "Enriched seismic imaging by using multiple scattering". The Leading Edge 35 (2): 128–133. doi:10.1190/tle35020128.1.
  • Kutscha, Hannes; Verschuur, D.J. Eric (2016). "The utilization of the double focal transformation for sparse data representation and data reconstruction". Geophysical Prospecting. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12362.
  • Kumar, Amarjeet; Blacquière, Gerrit; Verschuur, Eric (2016). "Extending illumination using all multiples: application to 3D acquisition geometry analysis". Geophysical Prospecting 64 (3): 622–641. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12326.



  1. Dragoset, Bill; Verschuur, Eric; Moore, Ian; Bisley, Richard (2010). "A perspective on 3D surface-related multiple elimination". GEOPHYSICS 75 (5): 75A245–75A261. doi:10.1190/1.3475413.